The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

Three months ago, we adopted Jedi who was promptly renamed Ziggy. Here he is, on the day we adopted him, while we were filling out the paperwork.   We were told he was probably two years old1, and his slight limp was probably from his horrible maltreatment or a previous injury. He was treated incredibly badly, […]

s/GOOG/TWTR/

A little over three years ago1, I left LucasArts to join Google. I have now left Google to join Twitter. I have an amazing opportunity to join the Mesos team at a point in their development that is ideal: The technology is built, the company has invested heavily in it, but there’s still a huge amount to […]

Hole hearted

Rodney Jones is a jazz guitarist who has played with some of the greats, including James Brown and Dizzy Gillespie. This may seem largely irrelevant but it’ll make sense later. I rarely play the guitar around those outside my immediate family. I’ve been playing for over 20 years but I have no sense if I’m any […]

Star Trekkin’

My review of Star Trek Into Darkness can be succinctly written: As a film, I enjoyed it. As a Star Trek film, I didn’t. There are two specific reasons why it didn’t work for me as a Star Trek movie. First, after the first J J Abrams movie, I was encouraged that they’d found a way to […]

Dancin’ Fool

Every night, Mirto and I make a point of dancing with the #geekling 1. A couple of weeks ago, it was Rage Against the Machine mosh night, a few nights ago, it was slow dancing to Nina Simone, and tonight it was retro night with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors and MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. I learned a few things: […]

Don’t fuck it up

Four years ago, Mirto and I arrived in the US from Singapore. When we boarded the plane at Changi International airport we didn’t know who would be president when we landed. When we arrived at San Francisco International airport, the ebullience and jubilation made it clear that a horrible mistake had been avoided. I’d like […]

Castle in the cloud

As I get to grips with thinking about the future with the weighty responsibility of another actual person depending on me for survival and development, it’s tempting to attempt to recreate my childhood for her. My childhood was pretty special, as it happens. I grew up on a small island, with close friends living nearby, […]

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Today is the last day I won’t be a parent. I feel like I should write something about this, about how it feels, but I’m not sure I can even begin to collect and analyse all the busyness in my head. So where to start? Firstly, I thought I’d be anxious, but I’m not particularly. […]